Actor, raconteur, art collector and connoisseur of haute cuisine are just some of the attributes associated with Vincent Price. He was born of Welsh ancestry to prosperous parents "not rich enough to evoke envy but successful enough to demand respect". His uniquely cultivated voice and persona were the result of a well-rounded education which began when his family dispatched him on a tour of Europe's cultural centres.
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Louis, Missouri , U. His villains were debonair yet menacing, played with a silken voice and a self-mocking air that oozed treachery. He first appeared onstage in a London production of the play Chicago and next portrayed the leading role of Prince Albert in Victoria Regina both The latter production was particularly successful and transferred to Broadway later that year as a vehicle for actress Helen Hayes. He portrayed romantic leads and classical characters during this period but was at his best when playing evil men for dramatic or comedic effect, as in his first horror film , The Invisible Man Returns , and the low-budget Shock His big break came with House of Wax , one of the first films shot in 3D, in which he played a murderous, but seemingly kindly, sculptor who uses human victims to populate his eerily lifelike wax museum. In the s Price appeared in his most acclaimed series of films: adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe short stories, as directed by B-film king Roger Corman. It was during this period that Price attained cult-figure status, especially among the younger generation, and he gleefully parodied his own Gothic image in such farces as Beach Party , The Comedy of Terrors , and Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine He eschewed the campy histrionics for such films as Witchfinder General ; released in the U.
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Vincent Leonard Price Jr. May 27, — October 25, was an American actor best known for his performances in horror films, although his career spanned other genres, including film noir, drama, mystery, thriller, and comedy. He appeared on stage, television, and radio, and in more than films. He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame , one for motion pictures and one for television. Louis, Missouri. He was an art collector and arts consultant with a degree in art history, and he lectured and wrote books on the subject. Price was born on May 27, , in St. Price's Baking Powder", the first cream of tartar —based baking powder, and it secured the family's fortune. Price had some Welsh ancestry as well. Price attended the St.